Israeli airstrike hits Gaza; Palestinian man reported killed

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Fierce clashes have erupted again on the Gaza-Israel border, with Palestinian officials reporting hundreds of people injured.

Ahmed Abu Hussein, a photographer for the Voice of the People Radio-a radio station affiliated with the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-was hit by a live round in his abdomen while he was covering the protests east of the northern Gazan city of Jabalya, according to his employer, the PJS, and news reports.

The Palestinian Ministry of Health in Gaza identified the slain Palestinian as Islam Hirzallah, 28, from Gaza City.

The Israel Defense Forces did not immediately reply to CPJ's email requesting comment.

Several thousand Gazans gathered for a third consecutive Friday of mass protests along the border with Israel after violence in which Israeli forces have killed 33 Palestinians and wounded hundreds of others.

The Centre pointed out that the Israeli army had used deadly force against Palestinians in the Gaza Strip "in a blatant violation of worldwide law, and killed many people". Israel alleges Hamas is using protests as a cover for attacks.

The Israeli military has argued that Gaza militant groups are trying to turn the border area into a combat zone, and said it has a right to defend its sovereign border. It has said some of those at the border tried to damage the fence, planted explosives or hurled firebombs.


"I am not afraid of death because there is no life in Gaza already", she said.

In the northern Gaza Strip, Sumaya Abu Awad, 36, attended the protest with her three daughters and son. Seven were killed in other circumstances, including six militants engaged in apparent attempts to carry out attacks or infiltrate Israel.

The company Murtaja co-founded had been vetted for U.S. government funding, while an global journalists federation said he was harassed and beaten by Hamas police in 2015.

The embassy move has deeply angered the Palestinians, who see the Israel-annexed eastern sector of Jerusalem as the capital of their future state.

The marches are expected to peak on May 15, the day after the 70th anniversary of Israel's declaration of independence but marked by the Palestinians as the Nakba Day, or "Day of the Catastrophe".

Egypt, battling an Islamist insurgency in neighboring Sinai, keeps its border with Gaza largely closed.

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